After reaching the US Open final, Casper Ruud makes an open admission about Rafael Nadal.

In the French Open final, Casper Ruud acknowledged that Rafael Nadal gave him “a solid hammering,” but he is relieved that he won’t face the Spaniard in his second Grand Slam final at Roland Garros. At the French Open this year, Ruud, 23, made it to his first Grand Slam final before falling to Nadal, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.

Ruud advanced to the US Open final on Friday by defeating Karen Khachanov 7-5 (5) 6-2 5-7 6-2. Ruud will this time face Carlos Alcaraz in the US Open final. Ruud remarked, “(Nadal) certainly gave me a big hammering. “After the final, I told myself, ‘If I ever reach one again, I hope it’s not Rafa on the other side of the court in Roland Garros,’ because it seems like an almost impossible goal for any player, in my opinion.

I’m glad Rafa isn’t playing on clay. I’m hoping it helped me get ready a little bit. At least I have some idea of what to expect when I step onto the court, see the trophy behind the court, and see a ton of famous people.

On Sunday, I want to be better prepared for that.

Ruud acknowledges he is not the most well-liked athlete in Norway.

Ruud is now just one victory away from winning a Grand Slam and rising to the top of the world rankings. Erling Haaland, who currently competes for Manchester City, is still the most well-known athlete from Norway, he acknowledges.

“So far, he’s had an incredible season. We all hope he continues. Watching him score goal after goal is enjoyable. He is undoubtedly the biggest star we now have in Norway. He’ll probably stay like way for a very long time.

I’m only concerned with my career. Of course, my goal for my career is to win more events. I want to represent Norway well and raise the profile of Norwegian tennis a bit more than it has in recent years, said Ruud.